Serious talk for serious golfers

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The podcast network for serious golfers. TalkinGolf launched as an online audio show way back before podcasts (or even the iPhone) were a thing. We've been on an extended break since 2012 but now we're back and creating new and interesting content each week as well as a sprinkling of some of the best stuff from the archives.

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  • Episode 77: TGH 77: A Golf Historian's Guide to Pinehurst

    January 24th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 20 mins
    donald ross, golf, golf history, pinehurst, pinehurst resort, usga

    After a year in the works the TalkinGolf History Podcast is proud to release, "A Golf Historian's Guide to Pinehurst" an in depth and intimate look at Pinehurst through the eye's of one of its historians. Pinehurst is called America's Home of Golf - listen in and learn how it earned that moniker.

    A special thanks to our guest, Chris Buie, the Pinehurst Resort and the Tufts Archives for hosting us. If you have the opportunity please consider donating to the Tufts Archives.

  • Episode 76: TGH 76: Mr. 59

    January 10th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 27 mins
    al geiberger, golf, golf history, golf record, mr. 59, pga, pga championship

    A wonderful interview with the wonderful man, Al Geiberger, the first man in the history of golf to break golf's version of the 4 minute mile...breaking 60!

    We dive into how Mr. Geiberger entered the game, his early amateur days, his stories from the tour which include Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, his PGA Championship, his Players Championship and of course a run down of his 59 and how he kept himself in the zone.

    We would like to take a moment to thank La Quinta Country Club for allowing us to record our interview in their boardroom.
    Also very special thanks to artist Jim Fitzpatrick for allowing TalkinGolf History to use his painting of Mr. 59!

  • Episode 75: TGH 75: The Rise and Demise of Spalding Golf

    November 22nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 35 mins
    golf clubs, golf history, golf innovation, harry vardon, mygolfspy, spalding

    This is the first of many episodes that will be titled, "The Rise and Demise of," these episodes will cover the birth, the rise and the demise of some of the most influential golf manufacturers in history. We are joined by MyGolfSpy's own John Barba who did the wonderful research on Spalding Golf.

    Don't sleep on this episode if you aren't a gear head...this episode dives into how Spalding grew golf in America!!!

  • Episode 74: TGH 74: The Legacy of Willie Park Part 2

    November 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  45 mins 35 secs
    claret jug, golf, golf history, musselburgh, st andrews, the open, tom morris, willie park

    The conclusion of our two part podcast on the Legacy of Willie Park Senior. This episode includes the stories of Open Champions Mungo and Willie park Junior as well as the history of the only 9 hole golf course to host an Open Championship, Musselburgh Links.

    A special thanks to my new friend, Mungo Park. Make sure to look out for Mungo's new book in 2022 on the history of Musselburgh Links and the Park Family.

    I would like to thank my 10 year old daughter, Charlotte for closing out the show today.

  • Episode 73: TGH 73: The Voice of Inverness

    September 2nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 39 mins
    golf, golf history, inverness club, lpga, solheim cup, us open, usga

    TalkinGolf - the golf podcast that's made in Australia but heard around the world

  • Episode 72: TGH 72: The Legacy of Willie Park Senior

    August 16th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 11 mins
    golf, musselburgh, open championship, r&a, st andrews, willie park

    TalkinGolf History welcomes the Great Grandson of our first major championship winner to the show to discuss his Great Grandfather's Legacy - the first Open Championship winner, 4 time Open Champion, brother to an Open Champion and son to a two-time Open Champion.

    The Park Legacy is not spoken with the same reverance we give to his counterpart who lived in St Andrews. On our show, Mungo Park and I discuss why the voices of the Park's have been muted by time along with the golfing history of the Honourable Town known as Musselburgh.

  • Episode 71: TGH 71: The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 2

    July 13th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 19 mins
    golf, old course, old tom morris, st andrews, the open, young tom morris

    In Part 2 of the Legacy of Tom Morris we start with the phenom of Young Tom Morris. We then weave through the lives of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris with our historians Roger McStravick and Stephen Proctor as we help tell this wonderful tale of two of the greatest golfers that ever lived.

    Not to be missed:
    Old Tom Morris' golf design work
    His gift to Green Keepers
    The Greatness of Young Tom Morris
    Perhaps two stories about these legends that you might not have known.

  • Episode 70: TGH 70: The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 1

    July 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  59 mins 26 secs
    golf, golf history, old course, old tom morris, open championship, r&a, young tom

    TalkinGolf History presents The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 1. This is a two part podcast. Part 1 dives into the history of Old Tom Morris, his relationship with Allan Robertson, his rivalry with Willie Park and the Birth of the Open Championship.

    We are joined by two golf historians, Roger McStravick of St Andrews an expert on the life of Old Tom Morris and Stephen Proctor who is an expert on the life of Young Tom Morris together for the first time they discuss the History and Legacy of Tom Morris.

    In part 2 we will dive into the lives of both Old and Young Tom Morris.

  • Episode 69: TGH 69: Did Ben Hogan Win 5 US Opens?

    June 16th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 19 mins
    ben hogan, golf, golf history, hale america national open, us open, usga

    Episode #69 is a fascinating show on one of golf's most mysterious debates - Did Ben Hogan win 5 US Opens and not 4? The story hinges on the designiation of the 1942 Hale America National Open, which was held in place of the canceled 1942 US Open. Some have fought for decades to declare this event a US Open while others have scoffed at the idea.

    Author Peter May recently published a new book, "The Open Question: Ben Hogan and Golf's Most Enduring Controversey" joins us on the show to argue the case for Ben Hogan winning his 5th US Open.
    Its a great interview which ends with my thoughts on the controversy.

  • Episode 68: TGH 68: The Englishman, Tony Jacklin

    June 3rd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 55 mins
    gold, golf history, open championship, pga tour, tony jacklin, us open, usga

    On Episode #68 we are joined by Hall of Famer, Two Time Major Champion, Ryder Cup Hero and Captain...Tony Jacklin!

    This is Part 1 of a series of podcasts with Tony Jacklin.
    In part 1 we dive into his early days playing the game, how he rose to the professional ranks and his major championship success and even failures. In the next installment we will dive into the Ryder Cup.

    Not to be missed: His stories of Ben Hogan, Peter Thomson and Bobby Locke.

    Mr. Jacklin is now a master woodworker who specializes in Marquetry. To view and even purchase his work please visit the link below:

  • Episode 67: TGH 67: The Birth and Death of Golf in America

    May 4th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  27 mins 24 secs
    charleston golf, first golf, harleston green, kiawah island, pga championship, usga

    Our latest episode of Golf From the Fringe: The Birth and Death of Golf In America: The Story of Harleston Green, is the true story of how the game of golf came to America in the mid-1700s. This story takes place over a 60 year period from 1739 to 1799 and tells the story of America's first golfers, first golf course and first golf club and how they semmingly like the colony of Roanoke disappeared in the middle of the night.

    I can't tell you how proud of how this show came together - in my book its an instant classic.

    "The Rise" by MRTN
    "Touch" by Mattia Cupelli
    "Forgotten" by Whitesand
    "Hidden Past" by Kevin MacLeod

  • Episode 66: TGH 66: The History of the Hyannisport Club

    April 22nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 1 min
    cape cod, cape cod golf, golf history, hyannisport, hyannisport club, kennedy golf, president kennedy

    The History of the Hyannisport Club in its own way is the history of golf in America. Founded in 1897, it has the unique history of having three of American Golf's Founding Fathers on its roster of archiects: John Reid, Alexander Findlay and Donald Ross. It was the golf retreat of President John F Kennedy & has been called the Hardest Short Course in America.

    Our podcast ends with golf course architect Ron Forse and the Hyannisport Club's superintendent talking about its restoration and its hidden design pearls.

  • Episode 65: TGH 65: The Blonde Bomber: Craig Wood

    April 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 33 mins
    craig wood, greatest player to never win a major, the masters, us open

    Episode #65 is an episode of Warren Rogan's "Sports Forgotten Heroes." Warren, myself and George Petro discuss the life and career of Craig Wood, who prior to winning the first two majors of 1941 was best known for being the Grand Slam Runner-Up Champion.

    A special thanks to Warren Rogan for allowing me to co-release this podcast with Sports Forgotten Heroes. If you love sports and love history, do yourself a favor and make Sports Forgotten Heroes a favorite in your podcast play list.

  • Episode 64: TGH 64: Antiquities of the Game, Young Tom's Putter

    March 25th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 34 mins
    golf history, the open, tom morris, young tom morris

    TalkinGolf History is proud to announce a new series, "Antiquities of the Game," where we explore relics from golf's past and use them to tell the history of the game of golf. This episode includes Jock Hutchinson's 1921 Open Championship Gold Medal and YOUNG TOM MORRIS' PUTTER that he used to win 4 Open Championships in a row. This pivotal moment changed the course of golf history, gave birth to the first ever Gold Medal, the Claret Jug and the Open Rota.

    I am joined on the show by Golf Historian and author of "Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris: Pioneer of Modern Golf," the fabulous Stephen Proctor.

  • Episode 63: TGH 63: The Gathering

    March 18th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 45 mins
    donald ross, golf club atlas, golf history, golf. golf design, pinehurst

    TalkinGolf History proudly presents "The Gathering"
    A golf summit of sorts at the Home of America Golf, which brought together the minds behind Golf Club Atlas, the Donald Ross Society, Kyle Franz Golf Design, Story Lounge Film Company and the Society of Golf Historians.

    Warning: Two of our microphones experienced issues so you may experience moments of static to increase the audio output.

  • Episode 62: TGH 62: The Life & Times of Ben Wright

    March 8th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 5 mins
    augusta national, ben wright, golf, golf history, jack nicklaus, the masters

    Episode #61 is the 4th installment of my sitdown interview with Masters Announcer, Ben Wright. In the previous installments Mr. Wright shared some amazing stories with us including- his friendship with Ben Hogan, how he helped put the Beatles on tv for the first time, when Jack Nicklaus shed a tear from a fellow player, how Ben felt that he had jinxed a player at the Masters, how he punched out another player and many many stories that have never previously been shared.

    On this installment Ben shares a few more stories and adds a bit of color to the stories he has shared before.

    It was an absolute pleasure to sit down with broadcasting legend, Ben Wright - I sincerely hope you have enjoyed our time together.